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What's Cracking In The Garden 2017

Discussion in 'Others-Electronics, Photography, Gardening?' started by spinalcracker, Apr 10, 2017.



  1. Lt Dan

    Lt Dan Gold Pirate Gold Chaser

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    Picked up about 200# of butternuts this afternoon. There are still a few apples and pears on the trees - daughter-in-law will get most of those. Not much of anything left in the garden that we will be harvesting. Almost time to get the garlic planted.

    I did take the queen excluders off the bee hives today and put on the bee escapes. Lots of fun. I wear a white long sleeved tee shirt, gloves, bee vail, and blue jeans. No stings. I have two supers to pull in a couple days, looked to be 8-10 lbs of honey in the two supers. Should be enough to hold over the winter with what we have on hand now.
     
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    Do you have the ability to juice or dehydrate the surplus tomatoes? I've juiced a bunch of our surplus big tomatoes and mixed it 50-50 with carrot juice, apple cider, or some other combination of fruit/vegetable juice that neutralizes the acidity of juiced tomatoes. Juiced tomatoes sure isn't like V8. "Sun dried" tomatoes can be accomplished via oven or dehydrator with proper direction and can be as good or better than store-bought stuff if done properly. We've given away a bunch of our surplus produce to thankful folks without gardens...the more people growing their own food the better. Good luck out there folks.
     
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    So suddenly I find 200+ birds here along with these renegade chicks; seek romper room for illustrations. And, these chicky-chiks are killing my tomatoes. I get what I can, when I can. But, these lil birds at least leave me a few because them peppers are coming on strong and full of fire.
     
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    glockngold Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I have lived with a butternut tree in the old pasture that I never paid attention to till it finally came down & needs to be cleaned up.
    Here is an article that splains what to do with them:
    http://www.twisted-tree.net/new-page-1/
     
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    Oh, we do like butternuts, they were a planned tree planting when we moved here in 2004, so they did produce very good for their age. Of course we have about 20 trees, so that helps. They are not in our garden, rather on our lower flat, but we planted them in a way as a somewhat permanent type of "wild" produce. We've also black walnuts that are just starting to fall. Since we have so many butternuts, we may not gather many of the walnuts.

    As for lumber from either, the black walnut makes much nicer lumber but is slower growing. I may be to old to see any lumber from either the walnut or butternut trees.
     
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    Interesting - never heard of a butternut tree. I thought you were talking about butternut squash.....
     
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    glockngold Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    I always figure tree planting is paying it forward. (Christmas tree & fruit trees being the exception)
     
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    Planting fruit, berry and nut trees is like long term gardening. When we think gardening we normally think that little vegie patch outback, I even think of my honeybees as part of my garden, as without bees you're not gonna have much of a garden.

    Another thing I started but have not finished is a small pond, (very small), all kinds of options with that. Problem is I got down a few feet and ran into sandy gravel. I still plan to finish it, but will have to get some sort of way to line the hole to hold the water, otherwise it just seeps out. Planning on runoff from the house and garage to fill and keep water in it.

    Everything in nature seems to be connected.
     
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    Dan, there with the pond; liner is what you need alright, but the few feet down to sand/gravel gives you a good overflow drain for roof water run off. Just set an overflow pipe into the pond as you build it.

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    That would be or is the plan. One off the house roof is already there, why I know water just seeps out after a good shower.
     
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    We are getting ready to plant garlic and onions now.
    Do any of you gardeners have a recipe for killing squash bugs? Seems I fight them every year and they win.
    Nothing else going on except we harvested a few medical plants yesterday....
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    what is a squished bug? why a squashed bug of course.

    don't see a bug in your picture.
     
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    Not sure if soap in water sprayed on the squash bugs will work but I use it on maple bugs up here.
     
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    Not sure if soap in water sprayed on the squash bugs will work but I use it on maple bugs up here.
     
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    Fvck.
     
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    Squash bugs would probably just tell you thanks & could you scrub their back while you're at it.
    You know how you can keep after potato bugs & Mexican bean beatles by mushing their egg masses?
    A squash bug egg looks like it's from a Si-fi movie like little metal orbs.
    You mush it with your thumb & the leaf is destroyed, but the eggs are still there lookin good.
    And of course if you mush the adult bug, it stinks to high heaven.
     
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    I use a dilute castille soap solution on the squash bugs, if you are diligent it will wipe them out, But you have to get the little buggers every time after they hatch but before they lay eggs.

    Here's the last tomato of my garden, a pretty thing if I say so myself.
    I've gotten broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, sweet potatoes, russet potatoes, onions and garlic in the ground now. Sugar snap peas and some fava beans will go in once daytime highs are in the 60's. Or when the dang smoke clears and we finally get chilly nights.

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    Ok so now your zucchini smells "minty fresh?"
    Do you need to hit the bugs directly as in see them & soak them down"
    Or does it also kill them if they come in contact?
     
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    Buy the unscented version! You do not want peppermint zucchini! https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Bronners-Pure-Castile-Liquid/dp/B000HK1OOY
    I hit them little buggers directly with the soap, it ONLY works if you get the insects wet, no effect if the plant has soap on it. Except the squash bugs move to a different part of the plant. Here are basic instructions, about 1 TBSP soap per quart of water in a sprayer/watering can, the stronger the better when trying to kill them. I buy the Castile soap at Bed Bath and Beyond.
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    At home I add a few drops of chili oil to the sprayer also to discourage deer and rabbits from eating my landscaping. Deer especially since they'll taste anything and then spit it out if it's bad, but they can smell the chili oil and won't take a bite in the first place.
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    MMMMM — requirement for Mongolian beef

    Damn, I'm jealous of you guys and your gardens. I live on a 15° slope of 4 lots that grow great blackberries.


    BF
     
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    I ran the tiller over most of my garden today. We'd had a light frost the other morning - beans, tomatoes, just about everything else was already done, so I did leave a couple pepper plants, and most of what was left of the celery plants. Getting ready to plant some kale and garlic cloves. I might also build up a bed for some of those red raspberries that are growing where I thought I was planting purple raspberries, move some of those. Those produce twice a year.
     
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    And, here I am getting ready to put up the electric fence and let the critters stomp it down for the winter.
     
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    I'll trade you jalapenos, hot Italian and bell peppers for some blackberries!
     
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    Sorry lumpo, blackberry season over here in Seattle. Talk at me next august.

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    I graduated high school in the North Cascades (Chelan) and remember gorging on all kinds of berries every summer. Not like here!
     
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    Oh yeah, you probably got wild raspberries and blueberries too. Chelan's nice country, I just don't like the snow stuff.

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    Well, finally cleaned off the pepper plants. We're getting a little heat this weekend, 80° today and mid 70's with lows in the 50's so I might get a few more to ripen before frost kills them. I'm going to try to keep my Ghost Pepper plant covered over the winter and see if I can keep it for next year, it never really produced and it would be nice to get a little hot pepper!
    Hot Italian chilis, Jalapeno and gold/green bell peppers for Salsa!
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    Dig up that ghost and take it inside if you have the room.
     

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